Magpies Summer Transfers – So Far So Good

We are pleased enough with the players that have been brought into Newcastle so far this summer, but Newcastle need to bring more in.

Yohan Cabaye – top midfielder signing for Magpies

Of course it’s still very early in the transfer window, and there could still be a lot of comings and goings at the Tyneside club.

So far Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and 18 year-old Mehdi Abeid have arrived on Tyneside, and Sol Campbell, Shefki Kuqi and captain Kevin Nolan have left.

At this point Newcastle have zero net spend this summer, in terms of transfer fees.

It seems that Newcastle are ready to bring in left back Wayne Bridge on loan from Manchester City for next season, so you have to think that Jose Enrique is on his way – to some club – and maybe it is Liverpool after all.

But with Shane Ferguson waiting in the wings, getting Bridge for a year seems a good deal, and the season after next, Shane could be ready to assume the left back position at the club.

So Wayne could be said to be bridging the gap until Shane is ready to take over – but of course I’d never say that.


If Newcastle can ever get in Neil Taylor in from Swansea on that £1M release clause, the 22 year-old could also make claims at that time to become the first choice Newcastle left-back.

Newcastle are said to be after their former winger Charles N’Zogbia and PSG striker Mevlut Erdinc, but could possibly miss out on both top players.

News today that Aston Villa could move in for N’Zogbia and Erdinc could be a pawn in PSG’s attempt to sign top young Lille midfielder – Belgian Eden Hazard.

If Newcastle can bring in Wayne Bridge, Charles N’Zogbia, Mevlut Erdinc and Neil Taylor,  that would be 8 new players this  summer,  and things would be looking very good indeed on Tyneside

Newcastle have also placed Leon Best, Alan Smith, Joey Barton and Jonas Gutierrez on the transfer list, so we could still lose those players, and Smith is up as a free agent, even though he still has one year left on his Newcastle contract.

Those four players are probably being paid in total around £200K/week by Newcastle.

And it certainly appears that some of last year’s squad could still leave Newcastle before September, and the club could be flush with even more transfer funds to spend.

For instance Newcastle could get around £16M or more, if Jose Enrique, Joey Barton and Leon Best all leave the club this summer, and Newcastle still have that £35M available from the Andy Carroll sale in January.

So money would not seem to be a problem for the club this transfer season.

But the transfer window still has almost two months to run, and an awful lot can still happen during that time – and probably will.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Stuart

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Still never seen proof that Ranger, Best, Jonas etc have been put on the transfer list like. As far as I’m concerned its all still paper boll@cks.

    Also don’t think we’ll get Bridge on loan as Man City would have to pay about half his wages for MA to sanction it. Weve also said we arent after any loan signings this summer.

    One and only reason to get Bridge here is because Frankie from the Saturdays might come watch him hahah.

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m not sure why everyone has this doom and gloom attitude now. There are 2 months left in this transfer window, that’s a lot of time to sort out deals with clubs and players. Players are now coming back off holiday, and the clubs will have all their staff back. Deals can now be processed, and players can talk to clubs about deals.

  • johnym09

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    when was jonas put on the list, news to me?

  • Stuart

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    @Johnym – Some paper printed it a few weeks ago and Ed has taken it as gospel like.

    I don’t think he is at all.

  • To be honest, Im hoping Liverfools lack of luck in landing their “other” left back targets so far will entice them to place an over the top offer for Enrique to secure him ASAP, especially since their dilly dallying on Clichy has allowed Citeh to take the lead….

    Ive already accepted the fact that Enrique is leaving.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Aye 10m+ for jose get a good replacement i.e. Mbengue and some cover ant the back nzogbia and erding sounds good to me

  • ronaldeano

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #7

    When this transfer window closes I hope the fat greedy bast@rd has spent even SOME of the Carroll money…
    If he dosent, him and Pardew are a pair of lying cockney fcuk pigs ONCE AGAIN
    Keegan would be right about what he said about him
    35 million reinvested in the squad????
    What 35 million? WHERE IS IT?
    Don’t even bother to tell us it’s ALL gone on wages for a few free players Mike you greedy lying bast@rd…

  • balubas1

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Jonas on the transfer list is a silly rumour… He is the type of player Pardew wants in the squad. I would put some more weight on the speculation if we signed Nzog though. But anyhow we should not sell him. We need squad depth if we are to progress.

    I find it funny people start asking questions and stating bull like “i can’t see where he would fit in”… We need cover! All the bigger clubs have plenty cover and people on the bench that can do the job when called upon.

  • Stuart

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    You sound like a child having a tantrum! Theres two months left, unbunch your panties haha.

  • JackButler

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Would like to think that we will get bridge and taylor in, which would give taylor time to settle at a new club and new league

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #11

    There is no signs that we are in for zog just made to daft bids in jan for more than what he is up for sale for so why dont they move in before its to late????? cos the dont want to spend that cash

  • ronaldeano

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Exactly eastsand Geordie
    MA is a fcuking cheapskate

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #13

    Zog wants to play for the toon hes prooven in the epl hes not that expensive at 9m compared with the english players that arnt anywhere near his standards so whats the problem?? His wages well fat ash gave smith 60k a week for a bit part player just give zog 50k with good add ons make him make the rest off his wages

  • Paul P

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #14

    wayne bidge = No thanks
    Neil Taylor = Yes for the right price.
    Charles Nzogbia = Yes

    I am very concerned we only have brought in Ba as a striker so far. We need 2 at least. We need someone who is quick, good off the ball and who can get you 15-20 goals in the league. If we get rid of Barton, I would go for Diego then play 4-4-3, however I much prefer to keep him as when it comes to the sunderland game, we need a few players who are up for the scrap.
    I would love us to do the following:

    Keep Jose, Keep Barton then sign:

    Kyle Walker
    Neil Taylor
    Daniel Sturridge
    Alexandra Pato (wishing but no chance) so it will be erding.

  • Brutooon

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #15

    I think we need one Centre Back

  • MykToonFan

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16


    It’s difficult enough to attract exciting players to a team which finished twelfth. Imagine trying to tell them they’re probably going to be little more than very talented back-up because it’s a squad game.

    N’Zogbia would be a great signing, but he’d have to be more-or-less guaranteed a first team place.

    The only squad players we’ll attract are the likes of Neil Taylor – players who are unproven, and aren’t wanted by bigger clubs.

  • magicbus

    Jul 3, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #17

    We need to splash some money for Sturridge and give him the no.9 shirt. Fast pacey with an eye for goal will work well with Ba.
    Get your finger out Pards and make a move for him and Ashley release some cash.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 3, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #18

    Paul p no team is allowed go play 4-4-3 lol we have no keeper????

  • moonraker

    Jul 3, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Ed with respect, what’s the point in explaining how much money we can have available for transfers if we sell players when money is not a problem anyway with the AC money apparently available.

    There seems to be a reluctance to spend any money at the moment. I just hope this is not gonna continue as, although I agree with the players brought in so far, we haven’t got enough strength in depth yet and will need to spend some money!

  • Michael12

    Jul 3, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #20

    I agree that so far our transfers have been good. People might be crying to see Ashley spend the 35 Mill cash on new players but I cannot see why this 35mil cannot go towards salaries and the like. Surely we need to o press ahead with our policy of buying decent players and not fall into the trap of chasing super money signings which like the banking crisis is going to hit one day

  • rharrison

    Jul 3, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #21

    So far so good? So far disastrous morelike.
    We have sold our captain to the league below for no other reason except that Llambias does not understand football beyond his excel spreadsheet of players salaries.
    Barton is our most effective player. To sell him in his prime would be another unecessary disruption, as would Jonas, Colocini or anymore- except alan smith.
    As for the incomings, they are from a league which is frankly not to the same standard as the EPL so the jury is out until they settle. Just because Tiote was good doesn’t mean they all will be.
    £35 million to spend should be spend. Not on past it superstars but premier league quality players, proven and effective, not some injury prone flash in the pan striker from the bottom finishers.

    MA has invested nothing in this club- every ‘investment’ has actually been a loan- and is creaming off income from selling our best players every season. That is his business model.

  • toonin

    Jul 3, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #22

    this is just my opinion (hope ASSley and Pardew read)…
    the singing of Cabaye, Ba, and Marveaux is good…but we need about 3 signing again…if i am the manager I would love to have a striker, midfielder, and a center back…this is my options:

    – Striker
    Out from Sturridge and Erding, for another option I would love to have Dimitar Berbatov as our no 9 stiker..he got a problem at Man Utd and i think Fergie will sell him this season..He’s strong, good in the air, good shooting acc..and don’t forget..he’s a magpies fanatic when he was young..i think with the passion he got for Newcastle can make him a deadly striker at penalty box…(bid him for 7.5m – 10m)
    – Midfielder
    Out from Nzogbia adn sissoko, I would like to know about the condition of Owen Hargreaves…if the medical team says He’s in a good condition for playing again, then we could use his contribution…remember, he’s a very good player at Bayern and Man Utd when he’s got no injuries problem…We could use him as a backup for midfield..(he’s a free agent now, so it’ll profit us)
    – Center Back
    I’ll go for Mathew Upson…another free agent with experience for national team..i’m not saying he’s THAT good..but he’ll make a perfect rotation for Colocini, S. Taylor and Williamson…

    I would sell, Smith, Xisco, Perch, Routledge..
    If ASSley told me that i can spend the 35m (or just make it 20m) from AC..then i would think differently….=)


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